Citrus POWder Packs Punches of Flavor
Imagine! You have just peeled an amazingly juicy orange or finished squeezing a crisp lemon over your fresh piece of fish. Your taste buds are like an army of 10-year-olds on the first day of the county fair and your mind is fixed on the culinary roller coaster ahead.
Before you throw away that orange or lemon peel, put them aside to use later (since you are too busy right now to think about anything except your amazing meal ahead). After your stomach is full and your mind is cleared, it's time to come back to those citrus peels.
By saving those peels, you have just used a food completely- creating no waste! While food waste is a global issue, America is a leader in this struggle (roughly 50% of produce grown is wasted). The impact of throwing away food is HUGE, as the Environmental Protection Agency reports that food is the "single biggest occupant in American landfills"! While throwing away the peel of our lemons is a subconscious crime that we all commit, this recipe for citrus powder is an easy way to lead the way in reducing waste.
Having recently become obsessed with packing flavor into my recipes, citrus powder is an easy way to zest up your recipes. You can add it to rubs, sauces, or as a last-minute garnish! I adapted my recipe from Cupcake Project and I hope you enjoy.
- Citrus Peels (4 medium-sized fruit makes roughly 1/4 cup)
1. Spread out the peels on a baking sheet with parchment paper. To dry out the rinds, you can EITHER leave the rinds in a warm place for a couple of days, or bake at a low temperature for about 4 hours. Once the rinds are dried and have begun to curl up, they are ready for grinding!
2. Using a spice mill/grinder or clean coffee grinder, pulse the rinds into a powdery consistency.
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